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Review of Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

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Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Certificate of Excellence
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“This was so memorable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2008

I wish to echo the comments of the last few reviewers: this place is wonderful and very memorable. So as not to repeat, here are just a few specifics and some photos.

We did the two-resort package: all transfers worked perfectly. (Our flight from the states had to be rerouted, so we arrived at the airport at 10:00pm instead of 1:pm. We called the spa ahead of time and they had transportation waiting for us even though reception was closed. In the room they had a fresh fruit plate waiting.) Takes about 2:15 hrs to travel between resorts in a comfortable van. The free meals with the package are whichever meals you decide at the time you checkout.

The open-to-the-outside shower is a delight. Total privacy facing a garden. You don't just have two sinks in the bathroom, you have two separate vanities on opposite sides of the shower.

The beach is powder-fine sand. The sunbeds have cushions and are on soft, plush grass with no burrs or bugs. During July the resort is very uncrowded, as is the whole beach. There are some nice breakers in the surf and you can check out a boogie board from the office.

The food is extraordinary; very fresh seafood. We usually stay at all-inclusive resorts, but the prices here are so low that cost was not remotely a consideration. Beer was three dollars. A good wine: $25 a bottle. Free breakfast (hot meals also available for a charge) is from 7-10am, lunch 12-3pm, dinner 6-9pm. Dinner entree prices are from $10-$18. Selection includes chicken, seafood, delicious filet mignon, pasta, and vegetarian dishes. The special is always superb. Appetizers, soup, salad, and desserts are equally inexpensive. The waitstaff is very attentive and friendly. For lunch, you must try the grilled chicken sandwich.

Enjoy!

  • Liked — Beauty of the grounds, quality of the rooms, and the outstanding service
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Ontario
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2008

My wife and I stayed for two nights at Xandari by the Pacific and it was superb. One of the most well designed resorts we've encountered. We stayed in a Prima Villa and was totally amazed at the design, the privacy, and all of the little special touches which went into the design.

The hotel is ideally located between Jaco and Manuel Antonio (Quepos) if you are interested in day trips. The beach is not your typical white sand but the unique kind found in Costa Rica. You can walk for miles and hardly encounter other individuals...very private and secluded...ideal for romantic walks.

We will definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to spend some quiet and relaxing time.

Thanks to all the staff for the generous hospitality...love you all.

Amar & Zahida
July 2008

  • Liked — Shower/bathroom, staff, room, gardens
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank asookram
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2008

We stayed here after spending a couple of days at Xandari which we absolutely loved. On our way to this property we decided that we would stay only a couple of days and change our reservation to return to San Jose early. A week after our trip we are still laughing at that thought.

The resort is as immaculate and manicured as others have noted, and the oceanfront room that we had was incomparable, complete with standing shower opening up to a private garden behind the villa. We walked for miles on the beach without encountering a soul, and the black sand beach (new to us) presented great vistas. The water was as warm as the air temp, and the pool is absolutely gorgeous. The restaurant presented good, not great food, but the waiter staff (hello Johan!) makes every meal a delight.

The biggest problem with the resort is that you won't want to leave, and so I missed out on a rafting trip in favor of a beach walk and quick shopping trip into Jaco. Do take the 11 cable zip line tour in Jaco. Excellent staff made us feel safe, and the experiece is unforgettable.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank fbcscottsdale
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Grand Cayman
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2008

A gem - perfect slice of paradise. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. The place is fairly new so everything is in top condition but the rooms are out of this world and kept immaculate. The view of the ocean is stunning. We had a ocean front villa with plenty of room for us and two children (5 and 3). The bathrooms were excellent (no bath but the children were old enough for the shower). There are two pools and one is for adults only (which is perfect as it means you don't worry about the children splashing too much at the other pool). There was a good children's menu though my children didn't seem to eat much on our trip. The included breakfasts were excellent and plentiful. Dinner was alright. I would say that the portions were too big and too rich and could have done with being smaller and simpler (food at Xandari Central Valley is far better)!

We stayed here before moving onto Xandari in the Central Valley. I preferred this place for its location, the peace and stunning surroundings. We did a couple of day trips including the dolphin adventure (tip - go in the mornings when the boats are much less crowded). The children loved it. We also went diving with Manuel Antonio Divers. IT was a huge palava finding babysitting and sorting the whole thing out, and the diving was pretty poor though what we saw in two short dives was incredible.

  • Liked — New, clean and perfectly put together
  • Disliked — Food could do with improvement (less is more....unless you are from certain parts of the world!!!)
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank JanJanVanMan
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Conway, AR
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2008

My husband and I did the 2 resort Xandari package for our 5th anniversary celebration. Our villa was beautiful - with a panoramic view of the ocean. It had huge sliding glass doors that led out to a porch where we could sit and watch the waves roll in. The hotel was very secluded and peaceful, but not so far away that i couldn't walk 300m down the road to buy a toothbrush at a little local shop when i forgot mine. For excursions, we did the dolphin/catamaran cruise and manuel antonio nat'l park (pay extra for the private/guided tour - it's worth it-)all in the same day ( you save taxi fare this way). Ask for Fernan to be your taxi driver - he was amazing...stopping along the way to show us trees and palms and different things that 'Tico's" use for their livelihood. He even took us to his favorite 'soda' (road-side local restaurant) for lunch...it was the best food we had the entire trip! We also did the mangrove kayak tour at damas island. it's a great way to see lots of wildlife up close - the monkeys practically jumped in our kayaks! The hotel took care of everything - arranging our excursions/tours, scheduling Fernan the driver, and the great thing is that they could charge everything to your room, so you only had to pay once and didn't have to worry about local currency, etc. The restaurant at xandari pacific was lovely - we didn't have a bad meal there - in fact, it was so good we ate all 4 nights there. we had something different every night and it was all fantastic, especially the fresh seafood. It was very reasonably priced...for appetizers, 2 drinks, 2 entrees and dessert we usually spent around 40 -45USD$ including tip. Bring sunscreen and a good sense of adventure and you'll have a blast like we did!

  • Liked — the view and the comfy bed and the outdoor shower
  • Disliked — our villa was right next to the restaurant, but it was still fabulous
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank LeighLC
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nyc
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2008

My wife and my 2 -1/2 year old daughter spent 5 days here and we cannot stop thinking about our stay. The villas are over the top and the spa is brand new and we felt like we were in a private hotel. The beach is amazing and the staff was great. The hotel was half full so we had the beach, pool and restaurants practically to ourselves, not that if it was full it would have been crowded. They have thought of everything and the villas are stunning. We even found so children everyday for our daughter to play with either on the beach or at the hotel. If you compare the price to the carribean, its a steal.. for costa rica its a little pricey but worth it
Can't miss this one

Stayed February 2008
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1 Thank NycTom
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South Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2008

My girlfriends and I spent our 50th birthday celebration at the Xandari in January. We had a wonderful experience, thanks to the excellent staff. I had pre-arranged to surprise my friends with cake and champagne, and Shannon knew me by name when we checked in. A delicious birthday cake and a wonderful bottle of bubbly arrived in short order. The rooms were spotless, the staff discreet, and the small private resort, although fully booked, seemed to be just for us. Melania (sp?) took care of our every need. The views out of the villas are gorgeouse, and they literally open onto a deserted beach. The beds seemed a little hard at first, but they must have been good, because 4 crotchety old women had no complaints. The only problem we had the whole trip was a malfunctioning air conditioner, and we reported it early one morning, and as we were leaving breakfast, we saw a crew bringing in a new unit. The resort is sort of out-of-the-way, but that is what we were looking for. I'm afraid this may change soon, as our guide was telling of big development plans for the area, what a shame. GO NOW, while you can get the full experience.

Stayed January 2008
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Additional Information about Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

Property: Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Address: Playa Esterillos Este | Near Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Este 10-6300, Costa Rica (Formerly Xandari by the Pacific)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly situated on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast along Playa Esterillos Este, between Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio, Alma del Pacifico is a luxury Costa Rica hotel featuring beachfront Caribbean hotel rooms and suites, a three-meal restaurant, full-service spa and a variety of exciting vacation activities. With distinct architecture and art, an extensive array of amenities and superb personal service, Alma del Pacifico Hotel is the premier luxury hotel in Costa Rica. A great alternative for luxury travelers wanting to visit Manuel Antonio while being on the beach. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Xandari By The Pacific Hotel
Xandari By The Pacific Resort
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